Once Cult is the official successor chapter of the "Sana Guild ft Once" on old AKP. The previous leader idontsleep gave EjellieBean permission to found the guild on the new forums, so EjellieBean became the new and current leader.
Today marks the 1 month anniversary of the young cult, so I want to look back at these trying times and how we were able to secure our own guild subforum during the guild wars event.
In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war.
Luckily that time has not come yet and the guild wars on AKP lasted only 3 weeks. What were the guild wars you ask? In short: to promote the new subsection feature, AKP gave away 3 free subsections. During those 3 weeks, the guild with the most posts during each week would be awarded its subesction for free, instead of paying a whopping 100k Akorns.
In the first week our guild had a good start, but people got complacent and strongly overestimated the tiny 200-300 posts lead we had, so we got easily overtaken by the more savvy SKZ guild (Five Star Michelins), which would win week 1 handily with approx. 3k posts during the week.
Week 2 showed us what real war means, the Exotics guild and Meta Knights fought tooth and nail to obtain their subsection, in the end they both had put up close to 12k posts during this one week, while the Once Guild did not even manage 1k posts. The outlook to fight one of those opponents during the final week was pretty grim.
The darkest hour is just before the dawn
A few days before week 2 endend, the lovely rainbowblink224 randomly tagged selfmate in our guild thread and lured this great spamer into the clutches of war. As a great lover of all things Twice, he could not bear to see the helpless and devastating state of our war efforts and took it upon himself, to engineer a perfidious plan how to beat out the loser between Exotics/Meta Knights in the final week.
To emulate the heroics of the 300 spartans taking on the persian empire, a ginormous questionaire containig close to 300 questions was created by selfmate. The goal of the questionaire was for every member of the guild to answer every question within one sepearte post, thus gaining thousands of posts just be doing the questionaire every day. The original Questions were posted on Page 144 of the Once Cult Lounge:
Troops, followers of Twice, onces, other interested parties its time we commence D-Day
One day we will surly perish but 'tis not this day. One day our bodies may perish but our names will live on in glory!!!!
Other guild members also contributed addtional questions to help out with the war efforts:
- Like Ooh Aah or Cheer Up?
- TT or Knock Knock?
- Signal or Likey?
- HeartShaker or Merry and Happy?
- What is Love? Or Dance the Night Away?
- Yes or Yes or Fancy?
- Feel Special or More&More
- I Can’t Stop me or Cry For me?
- Momo Black Hair or Blonde Hair?
- Sana Pink Hair or Orange Hair?
- Mina Blonde Hair or Black Hair?
- Chaeyoung Blonde hair or Brown hair?
- Tzuyu Black hair or Brown hair?
- Jeongyeon blonde hair or black hair?
- Nayeon short hair or long hair?
- Jihyo short hair or long hair?
- Dahyun blue hair or brown hair?
- Who is your bias?
- No Sana no life?
- Yes or yes?
- Cutest member?
- Best visual in K-Pop and also the visual of twice?
- MiSaMo or MiMoSa
- Peach sisters or school meal club?
- Twice in suits or twice in dresses?
- Favourite B-side right now?
- Last Twice song you listened to?
- Main Dancers of Twice?
- Brand Twice is sponsored by?
- Who is known for their cute teeth?
- Who is the Jokbal lover?
- Where did Momo and Sana go on vacation?
- Favourite Sana viral moment?
- Favourite Twice era?
- Tallest member?
- Smallest member?
- Does Twice make you feel special?
- Best leader?
- Who are the lead vocalists?
- Who are the sub vocalists?
- Rap line or dance line?
- Best two rappers in the kpop industry (who are also in twice)
- OT9 or nah?
- Do you have any Twice physicals?
- Favourite physical album of Twice?
- What is Jihyo’s favourite food?
- What is Sana’s hobby?
- Who has an actress sister?
- Who has a famous boyfriend?
- Do you love Twice?
1 Signal or More & More
2 Fancy or Feel Special
3 Be as One or One in a Million
4 Jelly Jelly or Jaljalyo Good Night
5 Dance the Night Away or Merry and Happy
7 Rainbow or Firework
8 One More Time or Wake Me Up
9 Better or Fanfare
10 Like Ooh Ahh or Cheer Up
11 My Headphones On or Touchdown
12 Like Ooh Ahh or Fancy
13 Knock Knock or Happy Happy
14 Girls Like Us or Go Hard
15 Queen or Turtle
16 Love Line or Heart Shaker
17 Likey or Heart Shaker
18 Best Thing I Ever Did or Merry & Happy
19 Merry & Happy or Happy Happy
20 Breakthrough or Happy Happy
Fortune smiles upon thee
In an unexpected turn of events, week 2 of the guild wars ended with the Exocits and Meta Knights both winning, due to a misscommunication of the end time for the event (time zones are a bitch) and the extreme close post count until the very end.
Suddenly the Once Guild looked like the winner of week 3, wihtout even competing. Yet the Onces were wary, week 1 showed us how easily arrogance can become our downfall and week 2 showcased what a few people that are willing to fight can do. The biggest warning sign should have been the evolution of the Meta Knights, their week 1 performance were miserable 500 posts and suddenly they knocked 12k out of the park. Also both Exotics and Meta Knights made 5k posts in one single day during saturday.
There was no room for laziness, for complacency, for arrogance or for underestimating our opponents. So the questionaire was put to work and it worked. Due to the lack of real competion, it was not used in the exact intended way, yet it was still highly effective and celestia490 noticed one day: "this looks like a question slave camp now".
In the end the Once Guild put up more than 5k posts during this final week, with no one else coming close, thus securing the final subforum for the foreseeable future.
After winning, the Once Guild renamed to Once Cult and this were we are now.